November 21, 2007

Campus steers annual holiday food drive

Food collection boxes can be found in offices throughout the campus. Food collection boxes can be found in offices throughout the campus.

This time of year hosts a variety of traditions, and the State Employees’ Food Drive at Sacramento State is among them. The food drive will begin Monday, Nov. 19 and continue through Friday, Dec. 21.

“The generosity of Sacramento State employees during this drive helps Sacramento area food closets to stretch their resources all year,” Nancy Fox, director of Transportation and Parking and co-organizer of the food drive, says. Last year, the University community gave an equivalent of 6,408 pounds of food.

Donors can give either cash or food. “Cash donations are important, because food closets can purchase bulk resources throughout the coming year,” says Fox. “Every dollar someone contributes purchases an average of two-and-a-half pounds food. Cash donations go further and feed more people, and every dollar donated is used for the purchase intended. There are no administrative fees deducted.”

Food donations may be dropped of at either of the information booths at each entrance to the campus. Food collection boxes are located in almost every campus building and office—each collection box is wrapped in holiday paper. A list of food collection locations is posted at www.csus.edu/utaps in the News and Events section.

Those who wish to make food donations are encouraged to donate canned or dry baby food, powdered milk, peanut butter, tuna fish, pork and beans, canned meats, beans, peas and macaroni and cheese, as these are the most needed foods. The food closets cannot accept any expired, homemade or opened packaged food.

“Campus departments can find creative ways to help make the holiday food drive successful,” Fox says. “At planned events, they can ask attendees to bring canned goods as part of their admission. At student-hosted events and competitions, participants can bring donations as well.”

Sacramento State has been a participant in the State Employees’ Food Drive for more than 33 years.

For more information, contact Fox at (916) 278-5241. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.